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Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Sound Card Family Review

Started by: SaberJ2X | Date 01/13/06 04:51:50 PM
Comments: 48 | Last Comment:  07/20/09 08:42:38 AM

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WARNING!!!!

These cards DO NOT work on nforce4 motherboards (intel or amd) and some other new motherboards, they all seem to have clicking and popping as can be seen from this 430+ reply thread on creative.com

http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=soundblaster& message.id=31426&view=by_date_ascending&page=1

0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/13/06 06:31:06 PM]
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Bullshit

Running fine on my ASUS A8N-SLI Premium
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 05/25/06 10:03:21 PM]
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while you're at it check out these two threads

http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=soundblaster& message.id=32566

(800+ replies!!)

and this one

http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=soundblaster& message.id=26289

(500+ replies)

Do yourself a favour and check out some alternatives like this card:

http://www.xoxide.com/bluegears-xmystique-ddl-gold.html

http://www.ihda.co.kr/skin/ihda/goods/productList.php?cat_largeno=1

http://www.bluegears.com/xmystique.html

0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/13/06 06:35:34 PM]
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Bluegear's card is just a rebranded korean card from Hitec. Both lack updates since they were released. To tell you the truth I played with the idea to get one but after I read this thread about lack of comatibility with nForce2 chipsets I gave it up.

True: X-Fi had teething problems with some nForce4 boards but these have been - unlike problems with hda/hitec card - cured. You guys are linking to the threads you have not even read! The fix has been released and there are no more problems with nforce4 chipsets. I should know as I am upgading mobo soon. No problems with my X-Fi so far anyway ;)
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/17/06 09:44:44 AM]
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SoundBlaster X-Fi Elite Pro

This is the top model in the family that includes high-quality Cirrus Logic digital-to-analog converters with about 16dB SNR and an external I/O unit.

16db? or 106db?
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/13/06 07:20:51 PM]
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its a very nice card, BUT WARE IS THE DOLBY DIGITAL LIVE SUPORT !!!
whit out it these cards are not interesting for the real audio enthusiast
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/14/06 11:19:16 AM]
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Dolby Live and "a real audio enthusiast" have never heard of each other.
Dolby Live is a lossy compression format that introduces audible latency to the signal.
Had that with soundstorm before. No, thank You.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/17/06 09:55:09 AM]
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My C-Media 8738-Card surpasses X-FI easily because there's still no Linux driver and sound that occupies the CPU is still better than no sound.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/14/06 03:33:59 PM]
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I couldn't agree more. I want to run CentOS with BQ to work on, but with no XFi drivers for linux, it's either ditch my near $200 card for a $40 dollar sb live! with good driver support for Linux. Either way it realy pisses me off. We spend the cash on the hardware and they won't even support the top few os's, just WinDOUGHzzzz! And even then, only 32 bit.

What's the point in having a kcik ass machine if you can't run the ****ing thing?
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 04/10/06 03:14:25 PM]
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hydra, is that issue related to Windows drivers? Or a hardware issue.

Back when the SB Live was released, it worked very bad on certain chipsets and on dual CPU systems, it made pops and clicks.

If you switched to some other OS that supported the sound card, those pops/clicks were gone! The chipset problem was a different story though!

It leads me to believe that this could be a repeat of a Windows Driver or hardware issue.

If its a driver issue, it won't be fixed for yonks! (even then, its not likely to get fixed at all). Welcome to Creative's world!
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/15/06 04:18:14 AM]
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Why is it no one wants to do a comparison from within the X-Fi range?

Namely, compare the Fatal1ty/Elite Pro against the Music/Plat card.

This will show the benefit of X-Ram concerning the CPU utilization above 64 voices with CMSS 3D heapdhone mode enabled, such as gaming on BF2 with max/ultra sound at a lan party with headphones: The xtreme music will consume up to 70% CPU utilization while the X-Ram models stay at less than 3% CPU.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/15/06 10:52:59 AM]
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Is the SoundBlaster X-Fi Elite Pro the only one with the high impedance input?
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/17/06 04:29:49 AM]
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Here is a more practical review. How to fine tune settings and experience for Gaming, movies, music

<a href="http://www.taranfx.com/blog/?p=123">Reviewed here</a>
http://www.taranfx.com/blog/?p=123
0 0 [Posted by: taranfx  | Date: 07/20/09 08:42:38 AM]
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